On January 12, 2020, the New York Times published an article called “52 Places to Go in 2020”. Richmond was named #39 in that list. What makes a once-quiet Southern city such an alluring place to visit? “Richmond, long known as a sleepy capital steeped in Confederate history, has morphed into a dynamic cultural center on the cutting edge of the arts, food and recreation,” the NYT reported. The city of Richmond was first settled in 1737 along the banks of the James River. It has bore witness to some of the most important scenes in American history, including Patrick Henry’s “give me liberty or give me death” speech at St. John’s Church and becoming the capital of the Confederacy in 1861. All of this storied history makes it quite a hotspot of historic interest for locals and tourists alike. In the 21st century, it’s a thriving metropolis. The capital of Virginia, the city is a quick drive away from Washington, D.C. and the Chesapeake Bay area. It is a young and diverse city, with the majority of inhabitants under the age of 45, African-American, and women.